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ERIC Number: EJ1099872
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Prospective Teachers from Urban Environments Examine Causes of the Achievement Gap in the United States
Morales, Erik E.
International Journal of Higher Education, v5 n2 p101-112 2016
This study analyzes the educational achievement gap between low and high socioeconomic students from the perspective of sixty-two prospective teachers in an undergraduate educational foundations course at a public majority minority urban university in the northeastern United States. The majority of these college students come from, and plan to teach in, lower socioeconomic areas; consequently their insights are uniquely relevant. These prospective teachers cite the following as key causes of the achievement gap: lack of parental involvement, linguistic conflicts between home and school, a lack of bicultural teachers, and the perception of anti-intellectual k-12 school climates. Implications of how these views may affect these prospective teachers when they enter the teaching profession are addressed.
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Socioeconomic Status, Preservice Teachers, Urban Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Parent Participation, Language Usage, English Language Learners, Cultural Awareness, Biculturalism, Educational Environment, Parent Role, Teacher Characteristics, Qualitative Research, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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